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ABOUT BRANDON

 Scholar | Change Agent | Hope Dealer


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Dr. Brandon L. Wolfe is an innovative scholar practitioner with  several years of professional training and development that began during his undergraduate years at Auburn University as an engaged student leader in the Office of Diversity (now Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs). Since then, Brandon has used his knowledge of higher education best practices coupled with his passion and inspired creativity to develop, facilitate, and assess programs and campus-community wide initiatives with an emphasis on interculturalism, student and leadership development, civic engagement, and genuine problem solving. Through increased responsibilities, he has demonstrated effectiveness in policy development and analysis, institutional assessments, forecasting higher education trends, change management, strategic planning, marketing, branding, recruitment, retention, constituency building, and grant writing. 

As a researcher, Brandon advocates for increased institutional inclusiveness, social justice accountability, and diversity leadership through his research agenda--which explores the various relationships between organizational culture, leadership, institutional policy, and socialization in higher education. Specifically, he analyzes how these variables intersect to influence access, equity, interactions and persistence of historically underrepresented and traditionally undeserved groups across university and college campuses. Brandon's scholarship is evidenced by his most recent publication (co-authored alongside Dr. Paulette Dilworth) in the Review of Educational Research entitled, Transitioning Normalcy: Organizational Culture, African American Administrators, and Diversity Leadership in Higher Education. In addition, Brandon serves as a reviewer for the Review of Educational Research,  an editorial review board member for The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture, and board member/editor for the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE).

Brandon is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a three-time graduate of Auburn University where he received a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's in adult education, and a doctor of philosophy in administration of higher education. 

CURRENT POSITION

  • Assistant Vice President, Campus & Community Engagement in The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The University of Alabama at Birmingham

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

  • 2018 National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education Standards of Professional Practice Institute

  • 2017 Blaze Leadership Academy

  • 2015 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Leadership Mentoring Institute

  • 2014 Vanderbilt Professional Practice Institute Peabody Fellow

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

  • National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education

  • Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama

  • American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

  • Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals

  • Alabama Higher Education Diversity Officers

BOARDS

  • Regions Institute for Financial Education

  • UAB Small Business Inclusion

  • UAB McNair Scholars